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From the CommunityAuthor Archives: Courtney Breese

Blogger Bio:  Courtney Breese is the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). She has a B.A. in Social Work and Counseling from Franklin Pierce University, where she was introduced to dialogue & deliberation.

Check out the NCDD All-Network Call Recording!

On February 17th NCDD held our first call of 2021. This all-network call asked participants to share where they are putting energy into their work this year. They proposed topics they would like to discuss with others, and we had about 6-7 active sessions going on simultaneously. It was a great networking event! Topics mainly focused in a few areas: Online engagement, including expanding participation, access, and inclusion Diversity, equity, and inclusion Building others skills and increasing the value of good process In the wrap-up […] (continue)

All-Network Call: Where Will You Put Your Energy in 2021?

NCDD is excited to kick off our 2021 network programming with an all-network call Wednesday, February 17th at 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific. Register today to secure your spot! Unlike many of our past webinars and calls, this all-network call will put participants in the driver’s seat. As we all start 2021, there is so much work to be done with regards to engaging our communities, bringing people together across differences, and tackling the challenges of this moment. We know you are all thinking about […] (continue)

National Civic League Webinar 1/21: Bridging Divides Through Community Dialogue

NCDD partner organization the National Civic League is hosting a webinar this Thursday, January 21st at 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific. The webinar, titled Bridging Divides through Community Dialogue features NCDD’s own Courtney Breese as well as members John Sarrouf of Essential Partners and Hollie Cost, former mayor of Montevallo, Alabama. We hope you will join this exciting event! For more information, check out the event announcement below, or go to the webinar registration page to sign up! Join the National Civic League for a webinar […] (continue)

A Message from NCDD Board Chair Martín Carcasson

For the past seven years, I have had the honor of serving on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, the last four as the chair. My term is officially over at the end of the year. NCDD serves as an umbrella organization for academics, practitioners, artists, and volunteers committed to improving how we all talk to each other and address our shared problems. They are a network of networks, a bridging organization dedicated to helping individuals, organizations, and communities […] (continue)

All Are Welcome at NCDD

First of all, thank you to everyone in this community for sticking with the work in a tough year. NCDD’s staff and board have been talking a lot over the last nine months of the pandemic about what this year has shown us about this network’s necessity in the world, and where we can most support you all. It’s been encouraging to see that much of what we’ve always offered – news and resources, and opportunities to connect and collaborate – are still highly valued […] (continue)

Join Us for the Online Engagement Showcase!

NCDD is excited to partner with the Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University to host our first Online Engagement Showcase! This free event takes place September 29th from 1:00-3:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific on Zoom and QiqoChat. RSVP at this link in order to save your spot! The Online Engagement Showcase will feature synchronous tools and platforms that can help you with your virtual engagement. In this uniquely formatted event, you will have the opportunity to learn about numerous platforms in a […] (continue)

Watch the Recording: Launching With the People!

On August 27th we held our August Confab, which served as the launch of the With the People Initiative. Thanks to everyone who attended and explored the ways they can get involved! A special thanks to Betty Knighton, Darla Minnich, Kara Lindaman, and Kara Dillard for sharing with us the resources, tools, and opportunities available to those who wish to take part! And thanks to the many national partners of this initiative for supporting it so far: All In Campus Democracy Challenge | Civic Nation […] (continue)

Join the August Confab: A National Initiative for In-Person and Online Issue Discussions

Please join NCDD and the National Issues Forums on Thursday, August 27 at 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific for the August Confab and launch of With the People, a national initiative that supports deliberative discussions of issues that impact our nation.  With the People is launching in time for Constitution Week but will be available on an ongoing basis! With the People is based on the idea that democracy is strengthened when citizens, institutions, and governments find ways to talk and work with each other. […] (continue)

Watch our Confab on D&D Pedagogy in an Uncertain Fall

Last week NCDD hosted our special July Confab Call for our Higher Education folks.  On the call, 30 participants engaged around how they are planning to teach dialogue and deliberation pedagogy this coming fall, and what resources or tools they could use to assist them. Thanks again to all who participated, and to those who captured notes from the breakouts! During this event three topics were discussed by participants as they explored their plans for fall. The notes from these breakout groups have been captured […] (continue)

NCDD Confab: Planning D&D Pedagogy in an Uncertain Fall

NCDD is excited to announce a special Confab Call for folks using dialogue & deliberation pedagogy in Higher Education: Planning D&D Pedagogy in an Uncertain Fall Using this as a time to collaborate, discover, and create shared resources This free event takes place Thursday, July 30th from 1:00-3:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific. All who are working with students using dialogue & deliberation are welcome to join. Register today to secure your spot and complete a survey that will help us shape the session to […] (continue)

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